NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The superintendent of New Hanover County Schools wrote a letter to parents, staff and the community Monday in wake of the recent shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.
To begin the letter, Dr. Tim Markley extends sympathy and condolences to all families involved in the Newtown tragedy.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with them," Markley wrote. "In the meantime, we will remain diligent in providing security and protection here in the New Hanover County Schools."
Markley wrote the letter to assure the safety of all students in New Hanover County Schools "is and always will be our first priority." The superintendent said school officials have reviewed and increased the safety plan.
The school system is working closely with all law enforcement offices and will have increase patrols around the elementary school and have resource officers in all high schools and middle schools.
Additionally, central office administrators will be at schools during the week to provide additional support and counselors are ready to support any students in need.
"I believe it is important for us to come together as a community in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that occurred last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut," said Markley.